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Taber Museum Coffee Hour: “Using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) in Clandestine Grave Surveys”.
September 14 @ 10:00 am
The Thomas T. Taber Museum will host Dr. Lee Stocks, Jr. at the September Coffee Hour. Dr. Stocks is an Associate Professor of Geology at the Commonwealth University, Mansfield. His talk will be “Using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) in Clandestine Grave Surveys”. During the Spanish Influenza outbreak of 1918, thousands of people died. Sadly, a number of them were children. There was an overwhelming need for coffins and the industry that produced them simply could not keep up. A localized study of the impact of the Spanish Flu indicates that some of the children were buried in baskets and became known as ‘Basket Babies’. The baskets were produced locally at the Gaines Basket Factory in Tioga County. Dr. Stocks was instrumental in finding the probable location of these graves. The talk, free and open to the public, will be held in the Community Room of the museum.